I saw these words on a t-shirt once. I didn’t understand the meaning at first, but as I’ve walked my spiritual journey they have grown to mean a lot to me. You may have already heard the story of famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and how he used to eat yellow paint. Van Gogh is best known for his painting “Starry Night”. Van Gogh used to eat yellow paint because he thought the bright and cheery color would make him happier. This phrase, “don’t eat yellow paint” has become one of my personal mottos and a story I think about often.
Although it may not be yellow paint, we consume a lot of things that are terrible for our souls in the hopes of it making us happy. Recently I’ve been catching myself doing it more often, I will get so stressed and angry over certain things that I will look to temporary solutions in hopes of it providing long term happiness. Our “yellow paint” can be anything from money, sex, alcohol, gossiping, overspending, overeating, etc. When you fall in to the pit of thinking that any of these things are going to fulfill you, you’re going to drown in a sea of frustration. The only thing that was ever meant to fill your soul is Jesus.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
So you see, the world and all of its desires are temporary. All of the things you’re eating up hoping to make you happy will never be enough. Someday the world will be destroyed, but heaven is unshakeable. Rest in Jesus is firm. Jesus will always be steady with you. You will never have to wonder if he’s going to be there the next day, worldly desires will never and were never meant to provide for you the way that Jesus can.
“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:9
My challenge for you today is to allow yourself to be comforted by Jesus. Stop eating yellow paint. You will never find fulfillment in any worldly desires. Sometimes I think it’s easy for us to fall into a cycle of thinking that we have already used up all of our chances to live a life with Jesus, but he’s extending an open hand to you while you sit in that doubt. Allow him to comfort you, stop looking to the world.
Don’t eat yellow paint, find your peace through the steady hand of Jesus.